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Hello,

I have a client who has a Dell PowerVault NF100. They had one person come in before and use a partition editing software on their server and now it won't boot. It is in a raid 5 with 3 500GB Drives in it. It uses a PERC 5/i raid controller.

I am having an issue about getting the raid to rebuild itself. I don't know if there is a process of taking all of the disks offline before the rebuild option becomes available but I'm trying to restore it without wiping the operating system. I have it backing up now with an image backup ensure data safety, but I would like to avoid re installing the operating system.

Thank you in advance
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So, is one drive failed?  Two?  Or is the no-boot situation caused by this "person" who used a partition editor on it?

Have you tried booting to the 2003 media and running Recovery Console to attempt to repair?
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It is because of this "person" they had come in and used the partition editor. None of the  drives have failed, they still looked good. I can get a copy of server 2003 and try to boot off of it and do a repair that way.

Do you think that would be the best course of action?
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At this point, yes ... if the hardware "appears" sound, I would want to first make sure that Window is intact, and second see if it is a simple repair that is needed - perhaps the MBR or boot sector was screwed up by the partition editor.
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